bin Laden’s Real Victory

From [“USA! USA!” is the wrong response – War Room – Salon.com][1]:

[1]: http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/05/02/osama_and_chants_of_usa “”USA! USA!” is the wrong response – War Room – Salon.com”

> For decades, we have held in contempt those who actively celebrate death. When we’ve seen video footage of foreigners cheering terrorist attacks against America, we have ignored their insistence that they are celebrating merely because we have occupied their nations and killed their people. Instead, we have been rightly disgusted — not only because they are lauding the death of our innocents, but because, more fundamentally, they are celebrating death itself. That latter part had been anathema to a nation built on the presumption that life is an “unalienable right.”
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> But in the years since 9/11, we have begun vaguely mimicking those we say we despise, sometimes celebrating bloodshed against those we see as Bad Guys just as vigorously as our enemies celebrate bloodshed against innocent Americans they (wrongly) deem as Bad Guys. Indeed, an America that once carefully refrained from flaunting gruesome pictures of our victims for fear of engaging in ugly death euphoria now ogles pictures of Uday and Qusay’s corpses, rejoices over images of Saddam Hussein’s hanging and throws a party at news that bin Laden was shot in the head.
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> This is bin Laden’s lamentable victory — he has changed America’s psyche from one that saw violence as a regrettable-if-sometimes-necessary act into one that finds orgasmic euphoria in news of bloodshed. In other words, he’s helped drag us down into his sick nihilism by making us like too many other bellicose societies in history — the ones that aggressively cheer on killing, as long as it is the Bad Guy that is being killed.

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One thought on “bin Laden’s Real Victory”

  1. You can add my name because my reaction at first was disbelief but when it started popping up all over the place I knew it must be true. I settled in to a nice quiet thank you to President Obama followed quickly with, good, can we move on now.

    Later when I heard that President Obama insisted the burial be proper even for someone that could be called the most hated man on the planet I was reminded of why I voted for President Obama. Its nice to see class back in the White House.

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